Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra

Swell & Super

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Charlie Barnet's bebop band of 1949 is featured on this Drive CD, a straight reissue of an earlier Alamac LP. The orchestra was potentially outstanding with such sideman as trumpeters Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson, Ray Wetzel and Rolf Ericson, tenorman Dick Hafer, pianist Claude Williamson, bassist Eddie Safranski and drummer Tiny Kahn (along with singer Buddy Stewart) but unfortunately the recording quality of this music is pretty bad. Some of the tunes from these live performances are cut off before their end and, although the music is sometimes historic, the results are not always all that listenable.

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